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The Crow
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3 stars What's the matter with this album, guys?

I really love this record... I have almost the entire Rush's discography, and I consider this is a worthy disc, full of energic songs, where the band sounded really alive and full of new ideas, adapting themselves to 90's sound... And this is not Dream Theater! The music is really far... Maybe some instrumental passages... But Dream Theater has always sounded a little Rush to me, the canadians are an obvious influence to these american's guys... So is not strange the tin relation between both bands. I find this discussión about Rush copying Dream Theater really silly!

Another great fact of Test for Echo is the production... Sensational. Every instrument sounds clear and perfect. Geddy's singing is also great, offering us the typical choirs of the later Rush's albums. The Lifeson's playing is more riff oriented, but still full of details, and this fact makes possible the strong Neil Peart's drums that we can hear throughout the album.

Best songs: Test for Echo (a presentation of the diffent direction abd style of the album...), Half the World (a song that givea us a glimpse of what Rush would do in future releases...), The Colour of Right (typical happy Rush's song...), Dog Years (great rock song), Resist (I love the mellow Geddy's singing here...)

Conclusion: an underrated album... Catchy, funny and different are some adjectives I could give. I really don't understand why a lot of people call this music rubbish... In my opinion Test for Echo is better than Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, Rush, Power Windows... And in terms of quality, is almost on the same level than the 11 years later Snakes and Arrows. A really worthy rock album, in conclusion...

My rating: ***1/2

The Crow | 3/5 |


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